Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Abbotsford House - 1 day tour
Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Abbotsford House
One day tour
Visit enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel, which featured in Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel “The Da Vinci Code”. Next, enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders to visit Melrose and its historic abbey. End the day at romantic Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott.
Rosslyn Chapel - explore this fascinating building and marvel at the intricate carvings
Scottish Borders - enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling hills and quaint villages of this attractive region
Melrose - visit the traditional home of Scottish Rugby
Border Abbeys - see the impressive ruins where the heart of King Robert the Bruce is said to be buried
Scotts View - stop to take in this famous view overlooking the River Tweed
Abbotsford House - discover the impressive home and gardens built by Sir Walter Scott
Movie locations - Da Vinci Code, Shoebox Zoo and The Wicker Tree
Full Tour Itinerary
Leaving the centre of Edinburgh, we travel out of the city to the small village of Roslin, where we stop to visit Rosslyn Chapel.
This mysterious building dates back to the 1400s and is famous for its links to the Knights Templar. There are countless myths and legends connected to this mysterious building, none of which can be proved or disproved as fact.
The interior boasts ornate carvings, many with biblical, floral and animal themes. On your visit, discover the tragic tale of the “Prentice Pillar” and see the images of maize carved 50 years before Christopher Columbus discovered America!
Rosslyn Chapel received Worldwide attention following Dan Brown’s book “The Da Vinci Code”, and the subsequent movie starring Tom Hanks was filmed on location here.
Head southwards through the Scottish Borders to discover lush forests, sweeping valleys and historic towns, each with its own distinct character. The area is also famous for being the traditional home to Scottish rugby.
In the historic town of Melrose, there is time to visit Melrose Abbey, founded by King David I in 1136. It was used as a Cistercian Monastery for over 450 years, although its location near the border with England meant it was attacked several times.
King Robert the Bruce loved the abbey so much he had his heart buried within its imposing walls.
The next part of our journey takes us through the Eildon Hills, where we will stop to admire the scene at Scotts View.
Sir Walter Scott was destined for a legal career but found fame as an author of romantic novels. He wrote a series of books known as the Waverley Novels and many poems, including “The Lady of the Lake”.
As well as being the most popular author of his day, Scott was also a great patriot who promoted the wearing of tartan and saved the Scottish banknote. He also located the Scottish Crown Jewels that had been hidden in Edinburgh Castle.
His success allowed him to build Abbotsford House by the banks of the River Tweed. This rambling manor house was built to his romantic tastes and contains many treasures, including Rob Roy’s gun and a cup owned by Bonnie Prince Charlie.
After time to explore the house and extensive grounds, we rejoin our coach for the return journey to Edinburgh.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness.
During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more.
Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English.
There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
To give you maximum flexibility the cost of admission fees and other optional extras are not included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose as the mood takes you. On this tour there are optional visits to:
Following the links above will give you more information on these attractions including current admission prices. At some locations a special discount is offered to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies. Credit/debit cards are not always accepted so you should plan to have sufficient cash with you should you wish to make any visits.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English.
You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special.
Be ready to have a laugh as well - you’re bound to be told some really corny jokes!
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service on this tour?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels.
By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
Where does my tour depart from and return to?
Our tours depart from a central location in Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile/High Street which is easily reached by public transport.
Full information on the departure time and place of your tour will be shown on your tour confirmation.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From The Ensign Ewart
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 2PE
Check-in: 08.15 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 4 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 4 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 18 Feb 2018
Excellent tourist guide and diver. I strong reccomend you e service a. Many thanks. Ricardo MoninRicardo from -,
Rating:(4 /5) 10 Aug 2016
It would have been nice to have had more time at Rosslyn Chapel and Melrose Abbey.frank from Castle Acre, United Kingdom
Rating:(5 /5) 09 Aug 2016
had so much fun will definitely recommendagatha from london, United Kingdom